Citizens Of The Quarter
Andy and Angie are the owners of Andy’s Satellite in Geneva. They have been in business servicing our community for around 26 years. However, Andy is working towards retirement. These two are always the first to show up to help within our community and the last to leave! They are a special couple indeed!
Andy and Angie spend much of their time working with Camp Wiregrass in Chancellor. Camp Wiregrass is a Christian youth camp open to students from first to twelfth grade. Andy and Angie have been volunteers at camp for 20 years. Andy is now the Executive Director. Their summers are literally 7-days-a-week in the summer at Camp Wiregrass, but Angie says it is worth every moment, and that they have been blessed in so many ways.
Andy and Angie Braswell
Citizens of The Quarter
Student Citizen Recognition
Thaddeus Brown loves giving back to his community.
During COVID he joined with the children services at Maple Avenue Baptist Church and helped prepare and hand-out over 1,000 free sacks lunches . Thaddeus stood out in the heat on Wednesdays during lunch time to pass out free lunches . This began the end of first grade.
During second grade Thaddeus had a lot of questions about Can food drives and why people wanted can food. After learning that 1 in 6 goes hungry in the wiregrass and that some kids his age are hungry, Thaddeus began to cry and his heart broke. Thaddeus couldn’t stand the fact that somebody didn’t have food to eat. So he made it his goal to collect 1,000 cans. He saved his money, he asked for donations and did little odd and end jobs for money to buy cans or for can goods . He got the community involved and raised well over 1,000 cans. Thaddeus did not want his can goods raising to stop there. So, he decided to have a yard sale and all items sold for 3 can goods. In total in 2nd grade Thaddeus raised over 4000 cans and inspired so many others to raise cans as well. As a result, Mulkey Elementary school was the top fund raising can goods school in the entire Wiregrass.
This year, 3rd grade Thaddeus began collecting cans as often as he could. Thaddeus saved money, bought cans, compared prices, and decided he wanted to buy can goods that kid like him would like. We explained to Thaddeus that would reduce the number of total cans by buying more expensive cans or goods he would like. Thaddeus decided not only would he buy the type of foods he would like, but he would also beat his goal of last year of 4000. Thaddeus has another yard sale even selling some of his own toys, collected can donations from 4 different states and rallied the Geneva Community young and old to join in the process. In total Thaddeus collected and donated 5,008 cans . Once again, making Mulkey the top school in the wiregrass for collecting cans.
Thaddeus, along with Maple Avenue Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, has helped pack and pass out over 500 hot meals this year .
Student Citizen Award
It’s that time of year again! Students are getting ready to return to school and we want to help lighten the load for some parents and students in our community.
Like in years past, we will be collecting backpacks for students. If you or your business would like to donate backpacks, please let us know. Backpacks may be dropped off at the Chamber Office (Mon-Fri during the hours of 8:00 -12:00). You may also drop off at Willow House Boutique Wed-Sat. Monetary donations will also be accepted to help buy backpacks. Please donate before August 5th.
We are also asking for help from our local hair stylists and barbers. If you would like to either give a discount or give complimentary haircuts for students returning to school, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can get the information out into the public. Panther Pride Day will be Saturday, August 6th, so if you can offer hair cuts on that day, that would be great!
As always, we appreciate our community and admire how we can come together to help those in need!
Featured Business of the Quarter
Gilstrap Drugs opened for business on South Commerce St in 1938. Michael Booth began working at Gilstrap in 2001 and become owner in January 2007. In the Fall on 2015, Gilstrap Drugs was relocated to its present location on W Maple Ave. Gilstrap Drugs is locally owned and operated, family oriented, and always strives to provide quality services
to all customers. We take most insurances, provide diabetic supplies, durable medical equipment, and free delivery within the city limits of Geneva.
Owner Michael Booth
1008 W Maple Ave
Geneva AL 36340
City OF GENEVA
The City of Geneva is located in southeast Alabama. Geneva is a city rich in southern tradition and community pride. It is small enough to offer that small town charm and southern hospitality but big enough to offer the everyday conveniences of a larger town.
CITY OF SLOCOMB
The “Slocomb Tomato Festival” is the biggest and one of the best in the region held each year on the third weekend of June. The celebration is held at the peak of tomato season and different types and varieties can be purchased at the festival, the most popular being the Globe Tomatoes.
CITY OF HARTFORD
In the middle of a quaint small city centered by a city square sitting at the junction of State Highways 52, 167 and 123, is Hartford, Alabama, population 2624. Founded in 1897, the business and social activity of Hartford still centers around its square.
The square’s focal point is a graceful fountain depicting a curly-headed youth and a long-legged water bird. Residents have treasured this lovely fountain for over 100 years. Hartford, dubbed the garden spot of the state, is a rare combination of progressiveness and charm.
CITY OF Samson
Situated on a spot of land in what was formerly a part of the Mississippi Territory, is Samson, Alabama. What we know as the “Wiregrass” was at one time the Indian reservation of the Lower Creek Indians. The town has adopted the slogan, “Samson…We Grow Friendly People.” This phrase seems to genuinely capture the hospitality and warmth of the 2,300 residents. Along with a relaxed and friendly lifestyle, Samson offers something of interest for everyone. Recreational opportunities abound at nearby major fishing and hunting areas. The largest Alabama State Forest is less than five miles away. Friendly people, a quiet atmosphere, and a commitment to preserving the past all make Samson one of Alabama’s best surprises.
Greater Geneva Chamber of Commerce
414 East Magnolia Ave
Geneva, Alabama 36340
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